As Yorkshire’s youth work charity, we’ve been working with young people since 1904.

Working across the county, we provide a wide range of opportunities for young people, from fun activities to life-changing skills development.

growing yorkshire’s future since 1904

The Youth Association’s history stretches right back to the early years of youth work and our long story of survival is made up of thousands of successes, failures, experiments and innovations, told by generations of young people and youth workers. In all that time, the important things we believe about good youth work have never changed; we call that being ‘progressive but rooted’.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to champion good youth work; by delivering it, experimenting with it, promoting it and supporting others who share our beliefs about it. It’s that simple.

Our Impact

Measuring impact in youth work is as hard as it is vital. We have developed numerous tools to gather meaningful data and giving valuable insight to the changes made in young people’s lives.

Our Stories

It’s not all about data, it’s about individuals. Click here to see a collection of stories from our young people and let them tell you the difference The Youth Association has made.